17 days in Queensland, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

17 days in Queensland, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

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17 days in Queensland, Sydney & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Sarnia
Fly:  33​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
St Kilda
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Sarnia

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip builder .

Sarnia, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 33-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Sarnia to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sarnia in January, expect Brisbane to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Art Gallery of NSW. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. On the 12th (Sat), browse the exhibits of ArtYarramunua Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, then stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and finally stop by Davey Mac's Gelato.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our St Kilda tour builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to St Kilda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and tram; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in St Kilda, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in St Kilda

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Davey Mac's Gelato, Scienceworks
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Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Davey Mac's Gelato ©
Davey Mac's Gelato

2
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
For shopping fun, head to Des Spencer Galleries or With Sugar. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from St Kilda to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from St Kilda in January, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Head to Village Gallery and Tanks Arts Centrefor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cairns trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tanks Arts Centre, Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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